Locals keep flushing

2018-06-19 06:01
Quinton September, Noroodien Solomons, Fozia Rhodes and ward 79 councillor Solomon Philander outside one of the toilets. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Quinton September, Noroodien Solomons, Fozia Rhodes and ward 79 councillor Solomon Philander outside one of the toilets. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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A group of residents are keeping local toilets flushing through the drought, but not in a bad way.

After an ended service agreement contract saw the toilets at the Town Centre closed to the public, outrage and concern reached the local ward councillor.

During a recent meeting, ward 79 councillor Solomon Philander was questioned by residents about the closure of the public toilets at the Town Centre.

“In a public meeting, I was confronted by the community about the dirt in the Town Centre,” says Philander.

“The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) contracts services to clean the toilets and the Town Centre. The contract ended on Monday 30 April.”

He hosted the meeting on Wednesday 9 May. In the meeting, Philander challenged residents to step forward and volunteer.

“I asked about the possibility of volunteers from the community. The process in the City takes some time. People then volunteered and the toilets were reopened on Tuesday 10 May,” says Philander.

Their concerns about the toilets were warranted as 70 000 people pass through the Town Centre daily and with the toilets closed, shoppers and commuters had nowhere to relieve themselves.

“What was very sad was the amount of people coming to use the toilets and having to tell them they could not use it. There are a lot of people coming through the Town Centre and need to use the toilets,” says Philander.

“We have bus and taxi commuters, shoppers and informal traders all needing to use the toilets because they were closed, people would start urinating outside, adding to a terrible stench which was another problem.”

“There was urine and defecation all around the bathrooms here. People had no choice,” says Noroodien Solomons, one of the eight volunteers from all over Mitchell’s Plain who have stepped up to assist.

Fozia Rhodes, a community worker for several years, did not hesitate to volunteer her time. She volunteers along with four others who offered their time at the meeting.

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